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Tae Kwon-Do

What is Tae Kwon-Do?

Tae Kwon-Do is a martial art designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is a modern martial art from Korea that is characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. The art of Tae Kwon Do develops posture, graceful movement, excellent coordination, and attention to detail.

Some people perceive Tae Kwon-Do as a way of life. For them, it involves discipline, technique and mental training, resulting in a strong sense of confidence, spirit and character.

Tae Kwon-Do is practiced in over 150 countries worldwide. It became an olympic sport during the Olympics in Korea in 1988

Tae Kwon-Do is also written as "tae kwon do", "Tae Kwon-Do" or "t'aegwondo"

Tae Kwon-Do styles of Movement

Tae Kwon-Do incorporates three styles of movement

 
  1. Jumping and Flying: "Tae" means jumping or flying, or to kick or smash with the foot.Punching: "Kwon" means to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.
  2. Art: "Do" means art or way, it is the mental aspect.

When exercise is done consistently, invaluable physical and mental improvements occur. Students develop real and lasting self-confidence. Tae Kwon-Do students do exercises which develop strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, balance, memory, concentration, coordination and self-control; to name a few. One of the keys to the success of Tae Kwon-Do is that the exercises are fun, the students see results, and they are inspired to do more.

Benefits of Tae Kwon-Do

  • increase self-confidence
  • release mental stress
  • develop strength, flexibility, endurance, speed, balance, memory, concentration
  • develop a positive attitude
  • improve coordination
  • great physical fitness
  • self-discipline
  • increase self-esteem

Who Founded Tae Kwon-Do?

Tae Kwon-Do was founded by General Choi Hong Hi. His purpose of developing Tae Kwon-Do was to produce a new Martial Art for the Korean Army.

On April 11, 1955, Tae Kwon-Do was formally named and established as a Martial Art.

Objectives of Tae Kwon-Do

Tae Kwon-Do is based upon 5 main objectives. The objectives of Tae Kwon-Do are:

  • to develop an appreciation for Tae Kwon-Do as a sport and as an art;
  • to achieve physical fitness through positive participation;
  • to improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity;
  • to learn self-defense skills;
  • to develop a sense of responsibility for one self and others.

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